Sweetness And Light

Sweetness And LightSweetness And Light

The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles upcourt in a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York City borough finally has a pro sports team to call its own, says Frank Deford. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal on a hold by Britton Colquitt against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 23. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Baltimore Orioles Nate McLouth (from left), J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino and Manny Machado high-five teammates after Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Somewhere, commentator and Orioles fan Frank Deford is also giving high-fives. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Nick Wass/AP

Referee Walt Anderson makes a call in the Chicago Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, ending the NFL's first full slate of games with its regular officials. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco answers questions from the media before an NCAA college football game. Aresco says there are no plans for the conference to change its name. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Jessica Hill/AP

Quarterback Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions will travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers Sunday night. Because their body clocks are set to the Eastern time zone, the Lions could be at a disadvantage. Rick Osentoski/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Rick Osentoski/AP

Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin speaks to reporters at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media day. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Butch Dill/AP

San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera fouls off a pitch. Cabrera was suspended Aug 15 for 50 games without pay after testing positive for high levels of testosterone. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Ben Margot/AP

Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Athletes aren't always the best role models but, for commentator Frank Deford, the worst sin they can commit is doping.

Listen Loading… 3:42
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/160167958/160231177" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Serena Williams returns a shot during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. Tom Uhlman/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Tom Uhlman/AP

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out at second against Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Despite less-than-stellar statistics, the Orioles are contenders in the American League wild-card race. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Nick Wass/AP

Before U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps broke the record for the most medals, did anyone say the precious record-holder, gymnast Larisa Latynina, was the greatest Olympian? Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Phelps reacts after winning silver in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the Aquatics Centre on Tuesday. South Africa's Chad le Clos took home the gold. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Matt Slocum/AP

Four Sports Superstars, Four Years Later

Commentator Frank Deford looks back at four of the greatest athletes of 2008 and where they are now.

Listen Loading… 3:41
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/157644747/157699970" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Know who this gymnast is? You will soon. Seventeen-year-old Jordyn Wieber will compete for the U.S. women's gymnastics team in the 2012 London Olympics. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Jeff Roberson/AP